Thursday, August 15, 2019

Off-duty veteran NYPD cop commits suicide, ninth this year

Off-duty veteran NYPD cop commits suicide, ninth this year: A veteran cop became the ninth NYPD officer to commit suicide this year when he shot himself in the head at his Queens home Wednesday evening — just a day after a fellow city policeman killed himself, authorities said.

Robert Echeverria, 56, who was assigned to the NYPD’s Strategic Response Group and who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his Laurelton home shortly after 6 p.m., police sources said.

Medics responded and rushed him to North Shore University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the sources said.

A neighbor was stunned by the tragedy.

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